Soundtrack Review

Master & Commander:
The Far Side of the World

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By Richard Moore

I have to confess that I'm not a huge fan of movie soundtracks. They are great while you are watching the film's imagery, but often the meaning is lost when limited to just your auditory sense.

However, it has to be said the wonderful music from Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World grabbed me and I just had to give it a go on CD.

I think the best way to describe its success is the fact that members of the family now will know Boccherini's La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid No.6 Op.30 note for note - even if they don't know its name.

For that sublime piece is whistled by myself about every 10 seconds of the day. If you click on the CD image above you can get through to Barnes and Noble and listen to a sample of the track.

There are 14 other tracks on the soundtrack CD and they include original music for the movie, some wonderful moments of baroque from Corelli and Mozart, lively contemporary folk songs and sea shanties.

The soundtrack from Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is excellent listening and I recommend it to anyone who liked the movie, or has an ear for baroque or folk music.

Track details:

1. The Far Side of the World 9:19
2. Into the Fog 2:12
3. Violin Concerto, No. 3: "Strassburg" K. 216, 3rd Movement / Richard Tognetti 1:19
4. The Cuckold Comes Out of the Amery / Phillip Ayling 3:27
5. Smoke N' Oakum 5:27
6. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Barry Wordsworth 5:14
7. Adagio from Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 8 in G Minor: Christmas Concerto 1:56
8. The Doldrums 2:46
9. Prelude (From the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007) / Yo-Yo Ma 2:28
10. The Galapagos 1:39
11. Folk Medley: O'Sullivan's March/The Cuckold Comes Out of the Armery/Mot / Eric Riegler 5:12
12. The Phasmid 2:34
13. The Battle 5:07
14. La Boccherini la Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid No. 6, Op. 30 / Richard Tognetti 9:23
15. Full Circle / George Innes 1:36




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